Aussies Beat Ireland by Nine Wickets in ODI at Willowmoore Park

September 28 15:02 2016

uskNew Delhi, Wednesday, September 28 – Steven Smith led David Warner, George Bailey, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, John Hastings, Scott Boland, Daniel Worrall and Adam Zampa in a match against Ireland at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Tuesday, September 27. Joe Mennie, James Faulkner, Shaun Marsh, Chris Tremain and Aaron Finch were not included in the team perhaps objective was to give inexperienced players of the team a chance to shine.

The audience was enthusiastic to notice whether Ireland players do something unbelievable against Australia or not. It was thanks to their latest defeat in the first One- Day International match at the hands of South Africa on September 25 by a humongous margin of 206 runs. Amid proper arrangements, the match kicked off on time. Ireland skipper William Porterfield once again won the toss. He decided to bat first this time perhaps he did not want to give opponents any room to set a giant total, which would have been difficult to chase. Sean Terry, Stuart Poynter, Gary Wilson, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling, John Anderson, George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, Peter Chase and Tim Murtagh found the place in the team selected to confidently play against the Aussies. At the same time, Ed Joyce, Andy McBrine, Niall O’Brien and Craig Young were the players in extra.

Being one of the powerhouses in the zone of cricket, Australian cricketers felt the comfort while competing against Ireland, who lacked experience. However, the start wasn’t bad at all given the fact that William Porterfield and Paul Stirling weaved a partnership of 47 runs in 9.2 overs.  Boland brought first wicket for the team as Stirling played a wrong shot giving Zampa an easy catch. He played an impressive innings of 30 runs in 27 deliveries, with the help of five 4s and a six. Ireland captain Porterfield was the next man to leave for the dressing room post being lbw by Zampa when playing at an individual total of 24 runs (4 x 1 and 6 x 1).

John Anderson was the highest scorer of his team but was out due to excellent bowling by Boland. His knock of 39 runs in 49 balls was studded with six. Things were not that bad by this time but situation changed vastly soon after Ireland lost their third wicket. Gary Wilson was dismissed by Worrall at 14 runs, while Sean Terry was run out by Smith on a naught. Stuart Poynter hit a couple of boundaries in his innings of 11 runs before succumbing to Mitchell Marsh. George Dockrell was dismissed by Zampa on 8 runs. Kevin O’Brien kept the score a little bit up but before he would have attained considerable runs, Zampa brought his stint of 23 runs (4 x 2) to an end.

Hastings sent Barry McCarthy back to pavilion when he was playing at a score of 13. Tim Murtagh was another prey of Hastings. He pocketed 15 runs in 21 balls, together with two 4s. Peter Chase was not out at a zero. Ireland innings finished on a total of 198 in 43.5 overs. Showing some improvement in batting, Ireland wished to start well against one of the top sides when it was their turn to field. But hardly there was a chance to taste success as the rivals attained the target in 30.1 overs, winning the match by nine wickets. The player to showcase first-class innings was Usman Khawaja, who was not out at 82 runs, which included eight 4s and two sixes.

David Warner added to the speed of scoring runs before throwing wicket to Murtagh. His 48-run knock came in 30 balls, inclusive of five 4s and two sixes. Rest of the job was done by Steven Smith, who was not out at 59 runs (4 x 6 and 6 x 1). Khawaja was declared Player of the Match for his incredible performance. The victory will take confidence of Aussies up as they are to play against the host during their tour of South Africa. The tournament begins after a couple of days. Australian and South African sides have a big list of talented players. All in all, the interesting contest is to entertain the audience to a great extent.

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